Growing up, many of my after-school days were spent riding horses through cornfields and creek beds - spending hours away from home without my parents knowing exactly where I was. This article in The Atlantic about how overprotected kids are today was insightful for what overprotection does to childhood and reminded me just how much I loved my care-free, parent-free, days. The author talks about how kids need danger and to feel like they are taking great risks - even if that's not what it is in reality. I can already feel myself not letting Eli take risks for fear of him hurting himself - catching a fall here, not letting him go there - but after this read I'm trying to resist some of my natural instincts to protect him from every little bump and bruise - and I hope I'll be brave enough to give him a childhood that's similar to mine. It's a long read, but there are a lot of interesting things in there!
Have you all read The Book Thief? I keep meaning to mention it here. I hadn't read a quality page-turner in a while (often, you get one or the other with a book, amiright?) and I loved this book. If you're looking for a new read, I'd recommend it.
Speaking of books, we all know the book, I Love You Forever is the most creepy-sweet book ever written. But after reading this, I no longer believe that it's creepy. Check it out to learn the story behind the book, and to hear the tune the author sings the song to. I guarantee it'll change your heart about the book.
I love me some Chipotle, and in recent years, Mike and I have decided it's best for our wallet and our waistline for us to split a bowl, chips and guac. But these tips on how to get bigger portions at Chipotle are making me want to throw my waistline-cause out the window.
Nearly every day I receive an email asking me what sleep training method we used with Eli and how in the heck I got him to sleep so much. If you're still looking for answers, here are 62 tricks to getting your baby to sleep. While I'm a believer in many of the tips on this list, the fact that there are 62 different tricks to getting a baby to sleep is ridiculous - begging the question that's on all of our minds: WHY ARE BABIES SO TEMPERAMENTAL ABOUT SLEEP?!?
This study in Time about parents being crankier when they use their smartphone around their kids should be a no brainer, but it was a bit of a lightbulb moment for me. Let's be honest, I definitely find Eli more annoying when I'm trying to do important multitasking on *cough*Instagram*cough* and playing with him. I'm now trying to put the phone far, far away when he's awake and give him more quality, less cranky time with me.